Recently, a small group of residents from Judson’s memory support program visited Cleveland Clinic for “Art in the Afternoon”, a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Art in the Afternoon” offers relaxed, guided tours of the Cleveland Clinic Art Collection, specifically created for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. Hosted by trained docents, tours often focus on a theme inspired by three to six works of art. A great deal of time is spent in front of each piece observing, describing, interpreting, connecting and evaluating. The interactive tours involve discussion-based activities to facilitate communication and learning strategies.
On this recent tour, guests discussed Shoeshine Boy, After Lewis Hine, from Rebus, 2004, a slightly whimsical Cibachrome by Vik Muniz (top photo). The docent explained how the artist modeled his piece after a documentary photograph of the same subject matter by Lewis Hine (1908). Muniz transformed the originally flat, black and white image into a tactile object, constructing his modern version out of brightly colored, plastic toys, which he subsequently photographed.
“Art in the Afternoon” tours occur every third Sunday of the month from 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic. To register or for more information, call 216-448-0232. Tours at the Cleveland Museum of Art occur on the second Tuesday of the month from 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. To register or for more information, call 216-231-1482. Pre-registration required at both locations.
For more information about Judson’s programming for individuals needing memory support call 1-888-574-1906 or email Kristina@judsonsmartliving.org.